SPRING SHAKEDOWN SWARM: 04/30/17
We were fooled by the weather forecast from the previous week, but we were not to be denied on the following Sunday. The crew assembled at the Clinton Station Diner for some vittles prior to the ride with three regulars and two new faces. After the morning sustenance, we headed over to the Pilot Station for some fuel and catch up with any late comers.
The five riders headed over to some twisties to warm up the rubber and to get the kinks out. The two newest members were treated to Iron Bridge Road and up through Warren County to get a feel for our riding style. We ventured over to the WCW suspension test loop in Karrsville for some carving of the curves.
We took a side trip over to Penwell and down Schooley’s Mountain into Long Valley. This ride was a little bit of scenic touring, shaking out the cobwebs, and shredding a little asphalt with a proper margin of safety; not to mention, introducing two new riders to group riding. We did a loop through Peapack-Gladstone, past the old Shiff Scout Reservation in Mendham, and down into Bernardsville.
A short pit stop later, and we were on the road again with a short respite in front of Mike Tyson’s old Mansion above Ravine Lake. A spin down Douglas Road, led us to US 202 and a scenic pass on Lake Road where the divided highway starts & ends. Then back through the “Twin Boroughs” and up CR 512 to Black River Road.
One of our former confederates had suggested a rendezvous for "dunch" between 3 & 4 pm if possible. We were happy to accommodate the request, but by that time it was just about 1:30 pm. With some time to kill, we were able to return to Warren County and get a side trip up “Shades of Death Road” and an infinite number of curves down to Belvidere. Only one pokey in a Subaru cause an impediment to our design, but we were patient and let nature take its course.
We were able to get a rest stop at the Quickcheck in Belvidere before passing through the center of town and then prepare for an assault on Lomerson Glen. Many of us have shot the Glen and the way home and it serves very well to finish a great ride with a technical uphill attack on the curves.
We arrived at the WarrensideTavern in Stewartsville and generated some interest from another 919 owner(‘04 uranium green) that is on the forum and will keep in touch for our next outing Sckill and Abby arrived shortly afterward and we had a chance to catch-up on what’s what new in their lives. They are in “The Family Way” and little girl is due in August. Congratulations!
We left the Tavern and headed for refueling at the Pilot as we had run all day on the same tank. All three 919’s fuel lights illuminated at about 178 miles.
Thanks to all for coming out and we shall try to get out a little more this year as it has been too long between rides.
A warm welcome to Ray, Wayne, and Jarret.
sckill & Abby
"FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS EARLY APEX."